Rats hate the smell of all types of mint, cat urine, moth balls and ammonia. Additionally, rats are repelled by food waste that's fermented using Bokashi, a Japanese method for breaking down organic matter before it's composted.
Rats avoid the smell of cat urine because they equate it with death. Mint and citronella plants repel rats when grown around gardens, and mint's essential oils work to deter rats as well. Napthalene balls repel rats with their strong odor, as does ammonia, which is typically diluted with distilled water and applied to the carpets or left in open containers in the areas rats frequent to deter them.Learn More
Mice are repelled by the smell of cat urine, peppermint and Bounce dryer sheets. Cat urine repels mice because they equate it with death. The peppermint in tea bags, sprays and oils deters mice because of its strong smell. Bounce dryer sheets are the only brand reputed to repel mice.Full Answer >
According to the University of California at Berkeley, the single largest group of mammals is the rodentia, which includes the rat. There are over 1,500 different rodent species, including hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters.Full Answer >
Depending on species, lineage, and whether or not they are captive, rats live between one and four years. The average pet rat lives two or three years, while wild rats rarely live past one year. Pet rats from certain lineages live longer due to good breeding.Full Answer >
Rats can climb a wide variety of surfaces and objects. They often climb rough wall surfaces, such as brick, wood siding and stucco. Rats also climb trees, pipes and telephone poles if the surface provides adequate footing.Full Answer >